EV future for Monash Uni

Wednesday, 24 April, 2024

EV future for Monash Uni

Monash University will soon be the location of a network of EV charging stations, accessible to university staff, students and the general public.

The project was funded in part by a grant from the Victorian Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund (CSIF), which aims to accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology in commercial settings.

“As a university committed to sustainability, we are thrilled to offer EV charging stations that are not only accessible to our university community but also extend a warm welcome to the wider public,” said Peter Marshall AM, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President at Monash University.

“This initiative aligns with our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious campus.”

The charging stations will be strategically placed across the campus, providing convenient access for electric vehicle owners without compromising on the aesthetics and functionality of the university environment.

ENGIE Australia & New Zealand will oversee the supply, installation and commissioning of the charging hardware while providing comprehensive operations and maintenance support.

“Electric vehicle sales in Australia are increasing rapidly (8.3% in 2023 compared to 2% in 2022) and the demand for public charging infrastructure is also increasing,” said Associate Professor Roger Dargaville, Director (Interim) of the Monash Energy Institute.

“By charging their EVs at Monash’s newly installed charging stations, staff, students and the general public can take advantage of the plentiful solar power on the grid, making it a green and cost-effective option.”

The program forms part of Monash University’s commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

“We have created a comprehensive charging network to service the diverse needs of the university and wider community as we continue our transition towards net zero,” said Vanessa Graham, Net Zero Manager at Monash University.

Beyond the charging network, Monash plans to transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles across all campuses this year. This is expected to result in a significant reduction of 677 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, aligning with the university’s environmental goals.

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